Calling Glenn Beck an easy target's calling a spade out by its raw materials. Duck tests of his M.O. are so painfully obvious, even he's openly talking about it now. Contained herein: Psychiatrists, bullies, his Heavenly Father, and attackers!
Consider this particular segment Glenn Beck's victory lap. Via Media Matters, Beck, who's kicking ass in the ratings, whether he's gearing up to be canned or not, took out his infamous whiteboard, went over all the things everyone's ever called him, and talked to a psychiatrist friend of his about it. Yes: Glenn Beck has a friend, who is a shrink, who can stand to be around him without suggesting inpatient help. Wonder what his hourly rate is. Notably, the names Beck has been called have probably helped his rise to infamy. He's built a career on being an easy target, so why stop here? But when he gets to the last name on his list, there's a sigh of exasperation, a sound of disturbed relief to get the words out.
In 1972, two other shrinks named Shelly Duval and Robert A. Wicklund put forth a self-awareness theory in which they argue that people adhere to their own conceptions of themselves. It still rings true today. In other words: buckle in. Beck's a guy who clearly sees himself as a martyr. His high ratings paired with his perceived all-ends criticism, recent loss of ad sales, and possible position in front of Fox's firing squad, is about to get a shitton crazier. The legacies of Howard Beale and maybe even—but let's hope not—Budd Dwyer ring frighteningly true. They could eventually have someone new amongst their ranks, and above all others, that guy could be Glenn Beck. Once he learns how to spell, he may be unstoppable: